Technology

  • Alarming research finds global warming accelerating sea level rise
    Alarming_research_finds_global_warming_is_accelerating_sea_level_rise 2018-02-13 03:25:52 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the already fast pace of sea level rise, new satellite research shows. At the current rate, the world’s oceans on average will be at least 2 feet (61 centimeters) higher by the end of the century compared to today...

  • Study: Dying Polar Bear Connected to Global Warming
    Dying_polar_bear_is_connected_to_global_warming-_study 2020-03-09 03:39:14 UTC
    Millions have seen the heart-wrenching video of a polar bear clinging to life, its white hair limply covering its thin, bony frame. Shot by Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier of the nonprofit group Sea Legacy, and published on National Geographic in early December, the video ignited a firestor...

  • Russian agents created significant US election events on Facebook
    Russian_agents_created_significant_us_election_events_on_facebook 2018-01-26 07:00:24 UTC
    WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook said Russian agents created 129 events on the social media network during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, according to testimony to Congress, shedding more light on Russia’s purported disinformation drive aimed at voters. Facebook, in a written st...

  • Homo sapiens trekked out of Africa far earlier than previously known
    Homo_sapiens_trekked_out_of_africa_far_earlier_than_previously_known 2018-01-25 21:32:55 UTC
    Homo sapiens were wandering out of Africa at least 177,000 years ago — some 60,000 years earlier than previously thought. The new migration date comes after ancient stone tools and part of a fossilised Homo sapiens jaw bone with teeth were discovered in a cave in northern Israel. Until now,...

  • Twitter intends to notify users exposed to Russian propaganda
    18320_twitter_intends_to_notify_users_exposed_to_russian_propaganda 2018-01-17 21:49:39 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday. The social media company is “working to identify and inform individually” its users who saw tweets dur...

  • Supermassive black hole burped out material twice after colliding with nearby galaxy
    Supermassive_black_hole_burped_out_material_twice_after_colliding_with_nearby_galaxy 2018-01-12 20:07:51 UTC
    Using two telescopes, astronomers have found a black hole at the centre of a galaxy 800 million light years away that has spewed material into space not once, but twice. Most galaxies have a supermassive black hole at their centres, which consumes anything that gets too close. And while we ten...

  • Apple issues apology for purposely slowed down older iPhones
    Apple_issues_apology_for_purposely_slowed_down_older_iphones 2017-12-29 07:48:52 UTC
    The tech giant has offered a major price cut to replace out-of-warranty batteries that affect iPhone performance. Days before issuing an apology, it acknowledged it purposely slowed down older iPhones to prevent issues. In a posting on its website Thursday, Apple apologized over its handling o...

  • The end of US net neutrality is a license to print money
    The_end_of_us_net_neutrality_is_a_license_to_print_money 2017-12-18 06:59:52 UTC
    <blockquote><strong>So far, all data on the internet has had to be transported on an equal footing, above all at the same speed. In the US, that will change. Joerg Brunsmann asks why politicians are making it so cheap for providers.</strong> I can understand internet providers. For the last qu...

  • Germany vows to back an "open and free internet" despite end of net neutrality in US
    Germany_vows_to_back_an_open_and_free_internet_despite_end_of_net_neutrality_in_us 2017-12-15 21:32:27 UTC
    Berlin has vowed to back an "open and free internet" following a US decision to repeal net neutrality rules. After US telecoms regulator FCC on Thursday moved to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, the German Economics Ministry said Friday it would continue to support EU internet rules that...

  • Scientists Developed a Living Organism that Incorporates Artificial DNA
    Scientists_developed_a_living_organism_that_incorporates_artificial_dna 2017-11-30 21:31:43 UTC
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a major step toward creating artificial life, U.S. researchers have developed a living organism that incorporates both natural and artificial DNA and is capable of creating entirely new, synthetic proteins. The work, published in the journal Nature, brings scientists clo...

  • The Next GOOGLE Could Come From Europe
    Next_google_could_come_from_europe 2017-11-30 06:38:48 UTC
    LONDON (Reuters) - Europe is making major strides to eliminate barriers that have held back the region from developing tech firms that can compete on the scale of global giants Alphabet Inc’s Google, Amazon.com Inc or Tencent Holdings Inc, a report published on Thursday shows. The region has t...

  • Uber paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach
    Uber_paid_hackers__100_000_to_keep_secret_a_massive_data_breach 2017-11-22 06:25:44 UTC
    (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed the personal information of about 57 million accounts of the ride-service provider, the company said on Tuesday. Discovery of the U.S. company’s cover-up of the incident resulted in t...

  • UN Climate Summit: US Governors, Mayors and Business Leaders Go to Germany to Show they Care about Saving the Planet
    Un_climate_summit-_us_governors__mayors_and_business_leaders_go_to_germany_to_show_they_care_about_saving_the_planet 2017-11-09 19:52:53 UTC
    BONN/ GEMANY — U.S. governors, mayors and business leaders have come to the UN climate summit in Germany to show they care about saving the planet. They say Trump's climate inaction is a slap in the face to the American people. Following the US government's decision not to open a pavilion at t...

  • Science: Sheep Can Recognize Human Faces
    Science-_sheep_can_recognize_human_faces 2017-11-09 06:20:01 UTC
    LONDON (Reuters) - Sheep have been trained to recognize the faces of celebrities, including former U.S. President Barack Obama, by University of Cambridge scientists who hope it may help with understanding neurodegenerative diseases. In a specially equipped pen, sheep were shown pictures of pe...

  • What happens to your body when it's donated to science
    Lucrative_business_with_donated_bodies_of_americans_to_science 2017-10-24 20:19:03 UTC
    When Americans leave their bodies to science, they are also donating to commerce: Cadavers and body parts, especially those of the poor, are sold in a thriving and largely unregulated market. Since it's not regulated by a federal agency, there's no official number, but it is estimated about 2...

  • Scientists Detect Light From Gravitational Wave
    Scientists_detect_light_from_gravitational_wave_when_neutron_stars_collide 2017-10-16 19:27:03 UTC
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - When neutron stars collide: Scientists in Europe and the U.S. have for the first time detected gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, at the same time as light from the same cosmic event, according to research published on Mon...

  • EU Plans To Raise Taxes For Internet Giants
    Eu_plans_to_raise_taxes_for_internet_giants 2017-09-17 00:53:39 UTC
    TALLINN (Reuters) - A European Union plan to raise more tax from digital multinationals faced the first signs of scepticism on Saturday, as smaller members of the bloc warned about the economic impact from such a move. France wants to tax companies like Google and Facebook on their turnover, r...

  • Equifax: Web Server Vulnerability Led to Hack
    Equifax_data_breach 2017-09-14 11:48:32 UTC
    (Reuters) - Credit reporting company Equifax Inc blamed a web server vulnerability in its open-source software, called Apache Struts, for the recent data breach that compromised personal details of as many as 143 million U.S. consumers. The massive data breach had exposed valuable information ...

  • Bluetooth bugs bedevil billions of android devices
    Bluetooth_bugs_bedevil_billions_of_android_devices_ 2017-09-13 17:45:53 UTC
    More than 5.3 billion devices with Bluetooth signals are at risk of a malware attack newly identified by an internet of things security company. If you're not keeping count, that's most of the estimated 8.2 billion devices that use Bluetooth, which allows for our gadgets to connect and communi...

  • Apple rolled out its much-anticipated iPhone X and cellular Watch
    Apple_inc_rolled_out_a_new_version_of_the_apple_watch 2017-09-12 19:21:35 UTC
    CUPERTINO, Calif. (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Tuesday rolled out its much-anticipated iPhone X, a redesigned product of glass and stainless steel with an edge-to-edge display that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook called “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.” The phone features wirele...

  • Lyft to Offer Self-Driving Cars in San Francisco Area
    Lyft_self_drive_san_francisco 2017-09-07 16:37:26 UTC
    Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A self-driving car will soon be one ride option available from Lyft in the San Francisco Bay Area, as the ride-services company ramps up its efforts to become a serious player in autonomous vehicle technology. Lyft said on Thursday that self-driv...

  • Florence, a 4.4-km-wide asteroid, passing Earth today
    Florence__a_4.4-km-wide_asteroid__passing_earth_today 2017-09-01 07:41:42 UTC
    Asteroid 3122, named after Florence Nightingale, will reach its peak brightness tonight (Thursday August 31 into Friday September 1). But the asteroid will actually be closest to Earth at 8:05 a.m. ET (1pm BST) tomorrow (Friday September 1), according to NASA. The asteroid will come as clo...

  • Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee sentenced for five years
    Samsung_vice_chairman_jay_y._lee_sentenced_for_five_years 2017-08-25 07:18:22 UTC
    SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean court jailed Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee for five years on Friday. The Seoul Central District Court was delivering its verdict on charges against Lee, 49, ranging from bribery to perjury in a scandal that led to the ouster in March of the then ...

  • Fired Google Engineer Hires Lawyer in Free Speech Case
    Google 2017-08-24 17:30:02 UTC
    Google found itself at the epicenter of controversy this month after a 10-page anti-diversity manifesto written by one of its employees, which had circulated internally at the company, went viral. James Damore, the employee who wrote the memo—which argued that women are less biologically inclined...

  • Google takes action against 'anti-diversity memo'
    Google_takes_action_against_'anti-diversity_memo' 2017-08-08 04:49:59 UTC
    San Francisco (Reuters) - Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after he authored an internal memo asserting there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the tech industry. James Damore, the engineer who wro...